Tzaddikim in the depths

Rebbe Nachman explains (Likkutei Moharan I:132) how it is that the reputation of a Tzaddik can change from place to place:

The Tzaddik is like a spring who sometimes flows underground and emerges in another place. So it can be that a Tzaddik is well-known and appreciated in one place, unknown in another place further away and yet greatly respected and adored in a still further place.

He also points out that although the spring doesn't emerge in certain places, it still nourishes the deep roots of that place. In other words, even in a place where a Tzaddik is unknown, the place itself greatly benefits from the Tzaddik's existence.


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